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Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 7: A small reminder that this world will make more sense to you if you pick up copies of recent Dispatch Books. The Rise and Decline of U. By Tom Engelhardt When you think about it, Earth is a relatively modest-sized planet -- about 25, miles in circumference at the Equator, with a total surface area of million square miles, almost three-quarters of which is water.
Think back to that year when the other superpower, the lesser one of that era, so unbelievably went down for the count. Try to recall that moment when the Soviet Union, its economy imploding, suddenly was no more, its various imperial parts -- from Eastern Europe to Central Asia -- having largely spun free.
Nonetheless, key figures in Washington were remarkably unprepared for it all to end. Imperial rivalries had been the name of the game for so many centuries. A world without some version of such rivalries seemed genuinely unimaginable -- until, of course, it happened. After the shock began to wear off, what followed was triumphalism of a soaring sort.
Think of that moment as the geopolitical equivalent of a drug high.
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After so many centuries of rivalries between great powers and that final showdown between just two superpowers, it was all over except for the bragging.
Only one power, the -- by definition -- greatest of all, was left on a planet obviously there for the taking. Yes, Russia still existed with its nuclear arsenal intact, but it was otherwise a husk of its former imperial self.
InChina had only relatively recently emerged from the chaos of the Maoist era and was beginning its rise as a capitalist powerhouse overseen by a communist party -- and, until that moment, who would have believed that either? Its military was modest and its leaders not faintly ready to challenge the U.
It was far more intent on becoming a cog in the global economic machinery that would produce endless products for American store shelves. A disparate crew -- the Iraqis and Iranians had been at war for eight years in the s -- they looked like a pushover for Its thoroughly high-tech military crushed the armed forces of one rogue power, Iraq, in a hour storm of a war in Amid a blizzard of ticker tape and briefly soaring approval ratings for President George H.
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General Andrew Jackson achieves the greatest American victory of the war at the Battle of New Orleans. Late , before the victory of New Orleans, a convention of federalists made up of 26 met in secrecy for 3 weeks.
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